What kind of TED talk would Ralph Waldo Emerson have given?

One of America’s first professional public speakers, Ralph Waldo Emerson was a rock star on the lecture circuit back in the 1850s. He would have been a natural on the stage of TED.

More than a century and a half after Emerson’s day, TED is delivering professionally produced talks and entertainment to millions of people. Here is an interesting article in the New Yorker blog about the transition from Emerson’s public lectures to TED’s slick digital offerings, with links to five essential TED talks.

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